Boy Scouts' future uncertain after bankruptcy filing
Barraged with sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on.
The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one of the biggest, most complex bankruptcies ever seen. Scores of lawyers are seeking settlements on behalf of several thousand men who say they were molested as scouts by scoutmasters or other leaders decades ago but are only now eligible to sue because of recent changes in their states' statute-of-limitations laws. [...]
The number of youths taking part in scouting has dropped below 2 million, down from a peak of more than 4 million during the 1970s.
source: Article 'Boy Scouts’ future uncertain after bankruptcy filing' by David Crary; apnews.com/d65e98062be130ceeb73a2581cc21d3f; apnews.com; 18 February 2020